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A Measured And Reasonable Response To Zack Snyder's 'Batman vs Superman' Quotes

By Jodi Smith | Industry | March 4, 2014 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | March 4, 2014 |

I know that in the past I have been tough ,some would say prematurely, on the Man of Steel sequel and its director. Far be it for me to unnecessarily bemoan the existence of a movie that is barely into filming based only on poor casting choices and the track record of the director. I intend to give this film a fair shake once it appears in cinemas.

About the upcoming film’s intended storyline, director Zack Snyder declared:

“[It] literally takes the “Man of Steel” and “Batman” universes and explodes them. You’re not as tied to the mythology. In Man of Steel, we had to create an origin story, a mythology, and there’s a lot of energy into that, which we love doing. Don’t get me wrong. But when you think about how fun it is too — now that you’ve got these characters — to now let ‘em loose. That’s fun!”

Yes, well. I suppose fun and Batman and Superman aren’t generally connected to one another in the sense of having a good time while crime fighting. Or when considering the burdens they both carry with them. Perhaps we don’t need to be tied to the long-standing mythology of universally loved and known characters, ahem, let’s just let the writer of Sucker Punch and 300 have his way. As to the backlash to his casting, Zack comments thusly:

“There are two ways to think about it. We know the material. Unfortunately, the fans don’t know the material. So, we’re casting according to what’s happening in the script. And we’re hoping that leads to enough originality, enough perspective on what we’re doing that you get something fresh and exciting. I understand the canon. I’m not crazy. I know what these characters need from a mythological standpoint. I think Jesse is going to be an amazing Lex. Let’s not forget he was nominated for an Academy Award. It’s not like I just grabbed my friend to play the guy! This guy’s the real deal. By the way, in looking at all the talk-back, you can get all different perspectives in there too. Some people are hating to hate. Some people — someone did some fan art. And you look underneath and someone wrote, “I guess I can see it.” Honestly, are you kidding me? Just stop it! It’s reassuring and frustrating at the same time.”

I admit I don’t know what Snyder and David S. Goyer are writing with The Dark Knight as their jumping off point. Perhaps Gal Godot will be a surprisingly competent and entertaining Wonder Woman. Maybe Batman won’t turn his back on his principles and Superman will feel badly for that little murder he committed. I look forward to seeing Snyder’s take on the duo come 2016 and will hold all further criticisms until that time.


Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.